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The word medicine is derived from the Latin Medicina, meaning ‘the art of healing’, but, unfortunately, there is no universal cure for all symptoms, so different medical professionals specialise in diverse illnesses, diseases and different parts of the human anatomy to ensure the all-round health and wellbeing of people around the globe.
In the UK, we have a publicly-funded system, the National Health Service (NHS), through which healthcare is available to all. The NHS is one of the largest single employers in the UK and private healthcare providers also exist in abundance.
The path leading to a career in medicine is notoriously long, challenging and often expensive, but medicine can be a well-paid, emotionally rewarding and highly-respected career, with NHS jobs and jobs in the private healthcare sector carrying extremely good career prospects and job security. Furthermore, for most medical professionals, no two days are ever the same.
Generally speaking, patients are assessed through a series of questioning, medical history research and physical examinations in order to identify the primary complaint, form a diagnosis and implement the most suitable treatment strategy, which could involve a medical procedure, prescribing a course of medication or, as is often the case, a combination of the two.
Jobs in healthcare involve an enormous amount of responsibility and demand a balance of compassion and professionalism at all times. Medical and healthcare professionals need to work by a strict code of ethics, the fundamental values which apply are: do no harm; act in the best interests of the patient; allow the patient to accept or reject treatment; always treat the patient with dignity; keep the patient informed in order that they can evaluate treatment and make decisions for themselves; remain truthful, entirely discreet and fair.
Different professions within the healthcare sector demand different personal attributes, although a genuine concern for the health, comfort and wellbeing of others is absolutely fundamental across the board.